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Electronic Log Mandate Article

FMCSA believes the devices will improve safety

We found a great article on the Electronic Log Mandate ruling on the website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Speaking at the Omnitracs Outlook user conference in Dallas Feb. 10, DeLorenzo said that when he’s talking about ELDs, he’s talking about the upcoming rule. “There are no ELDs right now,” he said. Rather current regulations refer to automated onboard recording devices (49 CFR 395.15).

The reasons for the ELD mandate are pretty straight forward, he said. FMCSA believes the devices will improve safety and will improve the recording of drivers’ hours and cut down on citations that result from simple paperwork errors driver may make.

The ELD rule will also provide uniformity. “Right now, there are a lot of devices out there,” he said. “We’ll get to a point with this rule where we will have uniformity” across the industry. A key point for carriers, he said is to “know the difference between the devices you are using now and make sure your drivers are well versed in how to use them.”

On the topic of how crashes and accountability and how that is recorded in the agency’s SMS, he noted, “it’s a difficult topic.” He noted that a recent study tried to address how the agency handles accountability. It’s a difficult situation because while they found that police accident reports could be useful in determining accountability, “we don’t get police accident reports on all crashes.” Plus, when they compared police accident reports with the fatal accident reporting system (FARS), they found there was […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Electronic Log Mandate Article

Improved Safety Data on FMCSA’s website

Updated and improved safety data for truckers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

The SMS site is where carriers and the public go to get the safety performance data the agency uses to determine which carriers pose a risk and need to be investigated, under its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program better known as CSA. Last year the site hosted nearly 48 million user sessions, the agency said.

The changes, which the agency proposed last November based on suggestions from the industry and others, are intended to make the website more accessible and useful.

In addition to the changes it proposed last year, the agency is adding several new innovations suggested by industry groups.

Here’s a rundown of what will be new when the changes are implemented on August 2.

• The site will display a carrier’s summary status in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. The aim is to clarify if a carrier’s performance will lead to enforcement intervention. The agency said it will give users single-click access to detailed BASIC information.
• In response to a comment by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the agency will clarify how on-road performance data and investigation results are factored into a carrier’s status.
• The site will feature a tour to explain the revisions.
• The site will let users download the public data for all carriers in the same safety event group, such as inspections or crashes, used to rank the carrier’s BASIC percentile. This does not include the Crash Indicator and HazMat Compliance data.
• The site will highlight a carrier’s performance in each BASIC to identify any trends. The […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Improved Safety Data on FMCSA’s website

Driving tips for truck drivers during flash floods – tech tip

Driving Safety Tips during Flash Floods

What to do if caught in a flash flood and how to avoid dangerous conditions

Here’s a helpful video that was posted on YouTube for commercial truck fleet owners and truck drivers that offer some valuable safety tips for driving during flash floods. Many times some of the simplest things are what get overlooked and end up causing accidents or life threatening situations. Keep your drivers informed on what precautionary measures can be taken to avoid hazardous conditions like flash floods and what to do if caught in one.

By |May 13th, 2014|Tech Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Driving tips for truck drivers during flash floods – tech tip